The Bostonians in Distress

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This image, printed in London, is an artist’s imaginative interpretation of the situation in Boston after Parliament’s passage of the Coercive Acts. Bostonians are held in a cage hanging from a Liberty Tree, surrounded by British cannons and troops. In 1774, Boston was an occupied city whose port was closed until its inhabitants paid for the tea destroyed in the Boston Tea Party.

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